Find Your Adventure in Beautiful Salmon Arm’s Iconic Spots
You are here at the ROOTSandBLUES Festival, yay! You have arrived and now what to do beyond the festival’s borders? Why not take a stroll to some of Salmon Arm’s iconic locations? (Or catch the shuttle from the R&B campground/ festival entrance to downtown from the festival grounds Running all day Saturday Aug 20 from 8:30am-1:30pm) Take a picture and tag us on your journey! There is no better way to experience a town than on foot and with your phone/camera in hand. We’d love to help you find your adventure so let’s go!
When you find yourself needing a break from the crowds, start by walking over to Blackburn Park (480 5 Ave SW, Salmon Arm). Blackburn Park offers many amenities, including a water spray park, walking track, playground, picnic area, covered picnic tables, parking, exercise pod, ball diamonds, skate park, and washrooms.
After a quick play for the kids or cool off in the spray park for yourself, continue on your journey by visiting the Art Gallery (70 Hudson Ave NE). Walk across the rainbow crosswalk and snap a pic in front of the brick heritage building that Salmon Arm Arts Centre calls home. You’ll also get a view of Mount Ida in the background if you stage it right!
(Salmon Arm Art Centre, Photo Viktoria Haack)
(Alexander St, Photo Viktoria Haack)
Next, walk down Hudson Street and you’ll find yourself at the corner of Hudson and Alexander. If you look down the street, you’ll see the world’s largest Treble Clef (111 Lakeshore Dr NE). Know a piano tune or two? Why not sit down at the piano that lives at the base of the Treble Clef and grace passersby with some live music! A picture of yourself playing/sitting under this art installment is guaranteed to be Instagram- worthy and will make sure you don’t forget your fond memories of downtown Salmon Arm. You’ll find the downtown core a great chance to check out the local shops and grab a coffee or snack as you continue onward!
Now it’s time to make your way by Ross Street Plaza (a great spot to sit by the fountain feature and enjoy buskers playing music, your coffee/tea and snack) and onward to McGuire Lake Park (681 Trans-Canada Hwy). Amenities at this park include a bike and walking trail, parking, picnic areas, picnic tables, washrooms and an iconic fountain that’s the perfect backdrop for your family photo or a selfie.
(Ross St Plaza, Photo Viktoria Haack)
(McGuire Lake Park, Photo Viktoria Haack)
After a spell at the plaza, head towards the water and take in some Shuswap Lake views, starting with the Foreshore Trail and Bird Sanctuary (998 Harbourfront Dr NE). Walk along Salmon Arm’s picturesque lakeshore, while you experience the sound of the birds and witness the beauty of nature on this 5.9km (round-trip) trail. Common birds you will see include ospreys, eagles, the Western Grebe, the Red- winged Blackbird, the Yellow-headed Blackbird, the Great Blue Heron, the Tree swallow, and the Ring-billed Gull. Walk to the end of one of the viewing benches and enjoy a picnic along the trail at one of the provided picnic tables. Bring your furry friend along on a leash and make an afternoon of it.
(Foreshore Trail and Bird Sanctuary, Photo Kristal Burgess)
(Salmon Arm Wharf, Photo Viktoria Haack)
Let’s continue the #lakelife vibe and head over to the Salmon Arm Wharf (780 Marine Park Dr). If you haven’t been to the wharf, you are truly missing out! The longest wooden wharf in North America, it is one of Salmon Arm’s most photographed landmarks. At the end of the wharf, you’ll be treated to spectacular views (and maybe some ice cream?)! Find yourself looking out over Shuswap Lake and Bastion Mountain as you allow yourself to really enjoy the moment. Take a selfie at the end of the wharf and tag @salmonarmecdev and #SAbigideas so we can share in your visit!
(Innovation Centre 220 Ross St NE, Photo Viktoria Haack)
Salmon Arm is a small city with big ideas and we are so happy you’ve had a chance to experience some of our favourite spots. If you are hungry or thirsty after your adventures, check out any of our amazing restaurants here, and fuel up before heading back to the ROOTSandBLUES festival! We truly hope you have an awesome time.